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Horse owners keeping an eye on higher feed costs


If you love everything about horses, then the Waverly Midwest Horse Sale is your kind of place.

"Gets in your blood and you just keep coming back. I love horses," said Charles Rickman, horse owner.

Rickman is from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and has been coming to the horse sale twice a year for 25 years now.

"Occasionally, I buy something but it's more or less just come and visit with people," said Rickman.

Rickman isn't alone, people flock to Waverly from all over the world. People from Canada, Japan and Mexico visit the show.

Horse enthusiasts come to buy and sell everything from horses to horse drawn equipment.

The Waverly Sales Company has been around since 1947.

This year, some horse owner who are visiting have seen a bit of a challenge. The drought has forced an increase in feed cost.

"It's probably going to affect the price of horses," said Rickman.

Thankfully, for Rickman he says he has enough feed for his two horses back in Wisconsin.

David Beyer, co-owner of the Waverly Sale Barn, said this isn't only affecting some of these horse owners, but it's also affecting the sale barn as a business. Beyer said they buy feed for the livestock that are brought for sale in the barn throughout the year.

"We don't cut back because farmers bring cattle and stuff in. We still feed them. It's just cutting our bottom line. That's where it's hurting us," said Beyer.

As for now, Beyer says he hasn't seen the price of feed affect this years horse sale.

"I'd like to thank everyone for coming out and participating!"

The horse sale runs through October 5th. There are two sales a year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

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